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Hillingdon Prince

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The exterior of this Hotel is quite charming and not too far from the town center with ample parking, I feel with just a little more effort this Hotel could be so much more. All the Staff we came across were friendly and helpful. The room we had was equipped with a microwave and full size fridge, there were 2 computer terminal for the free use of the Guests in the common area and even an ice making machine, alas we won't be going back because the place was Grubby as for the bathroom, don't ask !

General very good, was impressed with upgrade to the flat, ideal with a 3 year old who had room to run around. Washing machine and microwave great touch and breakfast was delicious abs piping hot. Room very clean and staff friendly. Only thing stopped me giving it top marks, one on one day ar breakfast some guy talking loudly on his phone about some work related issues, not time or place when trying to have a quiet breakfast and we had family meet us in bar and tv put on with England game, for just two people, was far too loud and we struggled to have a conversation. However would highly recommend this place and will stay here again y

I felt as if i was walking into a labyrinth to get to our room, climbing up and down stairs to finally get to my room. The room are not cleaned properly , under the bed its dirty .the bath room is tiny . To go for breakfast its like having a rationing voucher in hand that you have to hand in and its not good. The position is ok if you have business at the university otherwise avoid it by all means .not a very good experience.

Ok, it's at the value end of the market. I asked the university to book me somewhere near, and they did, with a warning that it was a bit basic. The university paid so I didn't see the bill, but I think it was £59 a night inc breakfast. The staff were very helpful, the room was spotless, and breakfast was fine. It's all a bit dated, but the shower worked, the wifi worked well enough to watch Skygo on my iPad, the bed was fine and I slept fine - what else can you expect for that price? It was about 10 mins walk to the university and 20mins walk to town centre.

We stayed here with my daughter a few weeks ago and were very pleased by the hotel. It is not far from the town center and very close to the university. Helpful and happy to help staff. Good breakfast. I highly recommend.

I stayed here while on a 2 week course at Reading Uni. It's super close, totally walkable to the Uni campus and also to Reading town centre (just 10 mins to both). I was originally staying at the Premier Inn central Reading but asked my employer to switch to the Hillingdon Prince and I'm so glad I did. I stayed here for 7 nights over a 2 week period, experienced check in twice and had two different room types. The team here are very friendly and helpful. It's quite a large property (not as it looks from the road) with buildings at the rear with more accommodation. It has a nice little bar area and a restaurant in the main house. I didn't eat here so can't critique the food. Instead I booked rooms with a fridge and microwave and popped to the shops to buy food and fend for myself. The fridge and microwave were spotlessly clean by the way! That's a major plus for me about this hotel - their standards of cleanliness. Car parking is both generous and free!! Both weeks my room was in one of the buildings at the back of the main house and it was so peaceful, I had the best night's sleep. For both my stays I asked for a refurbed room. I noticed that reviews here suggested that some rooms haven't been refurbed, so be sure to let them know when you book what you want. The refurbed rooms are a bit more expensive (we're talking £10 extra, ball park). I'd definitely recommend this place if all you need to do is have a bed and get a good night's rest for a reasonable price. I'll be back, for sure!

It has been four years since we last stayed at the Hillingdon Prince. We have family who live in a very small apartment in Reading, but we chose to stay at the hotel again to give everyone some space. It is just a short bus ride to the town centre or in the other direction to where our family live so ideally placed for us. In total we stayed here for 14 nights as we came and went to Europe, and other places in the UK. Each time we came back to the same room which quickly began to feel like being at home. Every room has a fridge and microwave which allows guests to make their own meals if they chose to. We had breakfast in the dinning room but bought microwave meals to heat in the evening. Our breakfast of choice was continental (cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, spreads, muffins, croissants, orange juice, tea & coffee) but they also have a hot English breakfast selection which you order when they come to your table. Vouchers for breakfast are purchased from the reception which is a good scheme as you could skip some mornings if you wish to. We were not overly happy with the first room we were booked into so we returned to reception to see if they had something else available, which they did, and it was much nicer; so it never hurts to ask. Our room had a large cupboard, which had a sink in it with hot and cold water, a small area of bench space, with a kettle and tea, coffee and milk. Above the bench was a microwave and a cupboard with cutlery and crockery and below it was the fridge. We did find it strange that we had a sink with hot and cold water to it but no tea towel was provided; some days we had lunch and dinner in our room and just had to wash the lunch dishes and leave them on the bench to dry so we could use them again for dinner. The en-suite bathroom was nice with a lovely hot shower. Maybe it is because we are getting on a bit but we did find the lighting too subdued to be able to read at night. Having said that, on the whole we enjoyed staying at this Hotel and over the month we were in and out the staff got to know us and were interested in where we had been. In fact all the staff we had any dealings with were friendly and helpful; on our way out I would say that I wanted to do some ironing later on in the day and when we returned the iron and ironing board would be in our room. There is no doubt that should we return to Reading we would stay here again.

I like this hotel. It has a classy reception area. The staff are smart and attentive. The rooms vary in size and look reflecting this being a house conversion. Have tried two rooms. A small one on the ground floor and a large one on the top, the latter has a fridge and microwave so you can self cater to a certain extent. Handy if working away from home long term or simply want to keep eating prices down. A short bus ride to the centre of Reading. Plenty of car parking. Nice bar and restaurant.

Overall pleased with my stay at this hotel, booked this over the Reading Festival weekend so really only needed it to shower and sleep in. When we arrived, the hotel staff were really helpful, showed us to our room promptly and helped carry luggage. We stayed in one of the separate buildings (about 2 buildings down). The room was a good size, good shower and it was nice to have the fridge, microwave and kettle. Only criticism with the room is that the bed was not very comfortable, quite hard/solid, would have been nice to have a more comfortable bed. The house keeping staff were very friendly and checked every day to see if anything we needed. I would stay here again but definitely think more comfortable beds would boost this hotel further!

We stayed here for 1 night. Our room was in a separate building that apparently used to be a carriage house. The room was decent. A little small and dated, but it served its purpose. We liked the mini fridge and dishes! They even provided a list of places in the area that deliver food. The bathroom was fine as well. It was a little noisy outside our window because it faced a parking lot where apparently teenagers like to congregate until late into the night. The man who checked us in was very sweet! It was a pretty far walk, but we were able to reach the city center on foot. The hotel is also right around the corner from the Museum of Rural English Life. The wifi worked well.

39 Christchurch Road Reading England

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to University of Reading
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Bar/lounge

University of Reading is a short stroll from Hillingdon Prince, and other popular attractions like Oracle are within a mile (2 km). This 95-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a bar/lounge, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Located centrally in Reading, it's also close to Reading Abbey Ruins and Madejski Stadium.


Start each morning off right with English breakfast served for a fee. At the end of the day, the bar/lounge is a great place to grab a drink.


The 95 rooms have an array of amenities, including microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee makers. 32-inch flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes are also available.

Property features

Guests of Hillingdon Prince enjoy features like a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-out. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the accommodations.

Room options

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Economy Double Room, Ensuite (not refurbished)

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

75% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 958 reviews